Faculty Members, Department of Dance

Michelle Heffner Hayes
Professor, Chair, Department of Dance
Robinson Health and Physical Education Center, Room 251

Michelle Heffner Hayes joined the faculty of the Dance Division at KU in the Fall of 2006. 

Schedule an appointment with Dr. Hayes

Jerel Hilding
Associate Chair, Associate Professor
Robinson Center, Room 251A

Jerel Hilding was a principal dancer with the Joffrey Ballet for 15 years, where he performed in works by many of the 20th century's most influential choreographers, including Balanchine, Arpino, Robbins, Ashton, Cranko, Jooss, Massine, Kylian, and Tharp.

Muriel Cohan
Associate Professor Emerita

Muriel Cohan began her performing career as a teen-ager with the Philadelphia Dance Theatre.

Assistant Professor of Dance, James Moreno
Assistant Professor
Robinson Center, room 151

James Moreno teaches critical dance studies, modern dance technique, choreography, and dance and technology.

Patrick Suzeau
Professor of Dance
Robinson Center, Room 253

Patrick Suzeau is an international performer, choreographer, and educator.

Willie Lenoir
Robinson Center, Room 241

Willie Lenoir has jazz experience in the styles of Matt Mattox, Gus Giordano, Luigi, Bob Fosse and Fred Benjamin. 

Ellie Goudie-Averill
Robinson Center, room 153

Eleanor Goudie-Averill, Associate Director of Dance at the Lawrence Arts Center, is a 2007 MFA Dance Performance graduate of the University of Iowa. She has served as a visiting professor at the University of Iowa, Bucknell University and Franklin & Marshall college, and as an adjunct professor at Temple University in Philadelphia.

Robinson Center, room 153

Ashley Brittingham trained with North Central Ballet in Fort Worth,Tulsa Ballet, City Ballet of Houston and American Ballet Theatre in New York. With Tulsa Ballet, under the direction of Marcello Angelini, she performed a wide variety of classical and contemporary leading roles including The Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, Giselle, La Sylphide, Ben Stevenson’s Cinderella, and Jerome Robbins' Fancy Free.

Robinson Center, room 153

Andie Stitt graduated in May 2014 from Wichita State with a BFA focused in dance. She spends most weekends traveling and teaching master classes or camps at studios throughout the Midwest.  At KU she will teach Hip-Hop in the fall, and a Rhythm Tap class in the spring.


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